Archive for Monthly

Minutes from November 14 Meeting

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

November 14, 2021

Julie Coder, Secretary

Sue Biederman, President, called the meeting to order.

Doug Nauman gave a presentation about light and falloff. His presentation slides will be posted to the LAPC Facebook group.

Connie Wedemeier gave a presentation and update regarding the Facebook group and showed members how to join. Members need to click “Join” to access two questions they need to complete in order to request access to join. Connie gave an overview of the site. A suggestion was made to follow-up with non-members to encourage them to join. Connie is able to reply to requests to gather more information. Connie did express concern about giving people too much information in case their interest is not legitimate. Pam Olson said she did a search for Linn Area Photo Club, but sometimes the search brings up two different Facebook pages.

Jennifer O’Hare, a new LAPC member, said she followed the process to join during Connie’s presentation and felt it was simple.

One stipulation for the Facebook group is that pictures of railroad right of way not be posted. Members discussed when this is a concern, since trains are a common subject for photographers. Connie said it depends on where you’re standing; you can’t stand on railway property. She prefers to avoid pictures of trains to avoid any issues. Sally Harms said there are many kinds of pictures that would be considered illegal, and it’s the responsibility of the member [to know the legalities], not the club. Connie said the objective was to deter any safety issues, as this was something that was common on other Facebook pages.

Connie asked how members would like to use the group. Pam would like it to be a way for members to organize informal shoots. One member asked if there were any links to help with post processing. Connie said not at this time, but that’s something to consider. Pam suggested that members post links to good instructional videos when they find them.

Connie also encouraged members to upload pictures they like, with an explanation of what they like about it and other relevant information, such as camera settings. She encouraged members to post questions for other members to answer.

One member asked about posting gear for sale or trade. Connie said you can post your personal equipment only, not commercial sales. Or if you’re in search of something, you could inquire.

Pam commented that the Facebook page is something that was mentioned a while ago, and Connie has done a fantastic job with setting it up.   

Nicole Jackson asked if Take 10 (10-20 images) could be uploaded to Facebook. Diane Wheeler Dunn thought there was a limit, but it would have to be researched. Also, members should be mindful of the resolution; large images will have a slow loading time.  

Pam shared information about the nametags. Members should identify a couple of things they like to shoot, as a way to communicate with other members. Members were encouraged to update their information. Nametags are expected to be printed by January and will be provided to all paid members.

For Take Ten, Mari Phelan showed pictures of trees with “faces.” Carl Bracken presented astrophotography and infrared landscape images. Carl is a member of the observatory. He said the club might be able to coordinate an activity for interested members to see their setup and equipment, etc.

Julie Coder, secretary, asked if there were any other nominees for election; no one was mentioned. Unanimously, the current executive members were elected to continue through 2022.

Rick Boots, Contest Chair, not present. Pam said there was a two-way tie for the light painting contest, Connie Wedemeier and Mary Howes.

Sue said we need a Membership Chair person. Jennifer O’Hare later agreed to take that role.

Sue moved that the meeting adjourn. Kerry seconded.

Minutes from October 10th Meeting

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

October 10, 2021

Julie Coder, Secretary

Kris Hoeger called the meeting to order. Sue Biederman, President, reminded members to wear masks, and said masks and sanitizer are provided, if needed. She also mentioned that members should only use the bathroom in the meeting room. New visitors, Jen OHare and Steve Pudinski, were introduced. Sue named the current Board members and Committee Chairs.

Keith Sutherland, Treasurer, gave a report. The club currently has a balance of $3,606 in the General Fund and $1,631 for HELP Portrait. Annual club expenses were $908, and included items such as website/IT expenses and liability insurance.

Sue said the Activities Chair position is open. Amy Mueggenberg, former Activities Chair, described the position as someone who sets up group shoots for members. She tried to target “things you wouldn’t normally do by yourself.” Past shoots included the fire station, Paramount, and night shoots. She offered free images to the venue in exchange for club access, and asked members to RSVP so she would know how many to expect. Some activities needed to be prepared well in advance, while other activities were “spur of the moment.” Amy planned monthly activities, but Pam Olson noted that the new chairperson wouldn’t have to do this as frequently. Amy agreed, saying that a quarterly shoot would be more manageable.

Amy also discussed HELP Portrait and said she needs assistance with planning. She’s also received requests for family pictures and senior portraits, and asked members to let her know if they’d be interested in volunteering for these.

John McMillan, Facilities Chair, gave an update.

Pam Olson filled in for Rick Boots, Contest Chair, since Rick was not able to attend. She said Rick had reached out to former Contest Committee members, but he has not received any response. She said the Committee needs to have members in order to have contests. Bill Schoon said he had volunteered to be on the Contest Committee at the previous meeting. Pam asked for member thoughts about having a mini-contest this year. Amy suggested waiting until spring for the annual contest in order to prepare for the Iowa State Fair. Pam said fair pictures are due in early June so a spring contest would need to be held in March or April. The theme for the fair in 2022 will be Open Road.

The suggestion was made to also include non-contest exhibits. Pam said Rick suggested that Tools be the contest topic next month, but some members thought Tools was a topic that had been done recently. The topic of Light Painting was chosen instead.

One member asked if the Club would continue to purchase foam core in bulk to sell to members at a discounted price. Doug Hoeger said he ordered it in the past from U-line.

Pam Olson, Program Committee Chair, said the committee has activities scheduled through April 2022.

Members discussed printing photos, noting that it can be intimidating for members to show their work. It was suggested that members put 10-30 photos with a common theme on a flash drive to share and discuss.

Pam said Marylynn is doing Tip of the Month, but she was not able to be at the meeting. If members have tip ideas, they can share them with her.

Sue said we still need a storage facility for gear.

Diane Dunn, Communications Chair, and Connie Wedemeier provided an update regarding Facebook. Connie is creating a private group for members. We currently have a Facebook page. Connie said about 200 people “liked” the page. Members need to request an invitation. Connie said she could make the club name public so that members can find it and request to join, or she could send a link to members. She does need to be able to identify people as members when they request to join, so the name needs to match our member list.

After a break, Julie Coder did a presentation on still life light painting.

Gary Siegle and John McMillen shared images for the Take Ten photo share.

The team will meet at the IBEW again next month. Doug Nauman will give a presentation about the properties of light.

Diane Dunn is working on website changes. She is looking for ways to make the site easier to navigate.

It was moved and seconded that the meeting adjourn.

October 2021 Monthly Meeting

Still Life Light Painting

                                             (c) Julie Coder

The LAPC will return to indoor meetings in October.  Covid protocols that are in place until further notice are posted here:

The meeting will begin at 1:30 and feature our own Julie Coder speaking on Still Life Light Painting.

In this presentation, Julie will describe a process for sculpting with light in order to bring out vibrant color and texture in still life compositions to create a more “painterly” look.

Our meeting location is:

1211 Wiley Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Monthly and Annual Rules

The Annual and Monthly contest rules and categories have been updated and posted on the website.
Please make sure to check the monthly rules if you are bringing a photo for the contest this weekend!
Monthly rules & categories click here
Annual rules & categories click here
Rules have a “Version” number at the beginning in order to verify they are current.
Any changes to the rules, will be followed by a post and email being sent out to all members, along with a change to the version number, similar to getting a software version “update”.
The current version for Monthly Rules is Version # 01012017.1M   Posted on 02/07/17
The current version for Annual Rules is Version # 01012017A2   Posted on 02/03/17